Emilia Clarke Reveals What She Does When She Feels Like ‘The Biggest Failure on the Planet’

Emilia Clarke looked sultry in a form-fitting monochrome Bottega Veneta ensemble on the cover of Flaunt‘s The Looming Issue, out now.

In the accompanying interview with the mag, the 32-year-old Game of Thrones actress opened up about the bullshit-side of fame: “This is not real, this is photoshopping, this is four hours in hair and makeup, this is a dress that I didn’t buy, this is a stylist, this is a professional hair and makeup person whose entire job is to make people look beautiful. I’ve been the person who measures their self worth on those images, and it’s hell.”

Emilia talked about her Game of Thrones character, Mother Of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen: “Throughout the show I’ve always fought for a sensitivity in her, which they’ve written in. I was like, ‘This is great that she’s getting stronger, but you have to know why. You have to know how much it is costing her.’ I’ve always tried to show that it costs [to get stronger], and it’s not easy. I think that’s as much talking about myself. There’s collateral there.”

Emilia talked about staying strong and determined: “Maybe it’s because my Dad was a crew member as his job, but I see it as my job to never ever let anyone know if you’re having a shitty time. I just don’t think it’s helpful, at all. When I do get the two o’clock terrors and feel like I’m the biggest failure on the planet and I don’t know how to breathe, I pop on Judi Dench’s Desert Island Disc.”

To read more from Emilia’s interview, visit Flaunt.com.